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Member since Jun-01-05 · Last seen Oct-15-17
Started playing in tournaments from a young age and reached 1800 USCF, now trying to make a comeback in my early twenties! Current USCF: 2100

   joddle has kibitzed 28 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-05-17 S Williams vs G Jones, 2011
joddle: What a disaster for white. After 11. Rb1? Qd5 black skewers the knight on e4 and rook on h1, as well as threatening to play Qxa2xb1, so white is already lost.
   Jun-05-17 I R Ortiz Suarez vs S Shankland, 2017 (replies)
joddle: <HeMateMe> Well I guess the onus is on white to show that he is better, and if he offers a draw, black accepts, at least for elite players.
   Mar-28-17 Smirin vs V Inkiov, 1992
joddle: 9... Nxe4!
   Jan-27-17 Ivanchuk vs B Cheng, 2017 (replies)
joddle: What a great game, and a highly instructive exchange sacrifice by Ivanchuk, showing black's lack of development. 22. b4 makes a particularly strong impression, showing how tied up black is.
   Jan-24-17 Portisch vs Ulf Andersson, 1983 (replies)
joddle: I doubt Andersson actually blundered into this trap as this idea is known from the early 1900s; I think he intentionally sacrificed the exchange, but to be honest I don't think black should have enough. Andersson is a great defender though and did a good job to draw.
   Dec-12-16 Yifan Hou vs J Moussard, 2004 (replies)
joddle: 19. Rxc3?! is something I might have played when I was weaker, giving back material to try to consolidate extra material, but there is no reason to do that. After 19. Kb2, white will end up having a rook for 5 pawns, which is far better than a piece for 4 pawns.
   Sep-29-16 Ivanchuk vs C Sandipan, 2013
joddle: What happened?! 32. Qc7+ is a pretty bad miss by Ivanchuk. Perhaps he reckoned that 32... Kg6 33. Qg7+ Kf6 34. Qf6+ Ke4 35. Qf3# was forced. Doesn't 32. Rf6+ Ke7 33. Qg7+ Kd8 34. Rd6+ win the queen?
   Aug-18-16 P Velikov vs I D Dorfman, 1989 (replies)
joddle: 33. Qd7 Qxg4+ 34. Qxg4 Be7# is quite a nice finish.
   Aug-18-16 Karpov vs Uhlmann, 1973
joddle: I remember seeing this game annotated in the first chess book I ever owned, "Beginner's Chess Course" by Enno Heyken. Very instructive game, especially the endgame with the invasion of the 7th rank. 20... Qxb2 21. Nb5! is particularly nice with the dual threats of Nb5-c7 and Re1-e2.
   Aug-15-16 Jorge E Sammour-Hasbun (replies)
joddle: How is he not a Grandmaster or even an International Master having achieved a FIDE rating of 2611?!
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